where watering is a lot like preaching…


Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water!” – John 4:13-15

…Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.” John 4:31-34

1-DSC_2601It may not be obvious from the photographs, but we’re experiencing a bit of a drought here in Wake Forest. It’s been two and a half weeks since any rain fell and we’re beginning to feel it.

This is one reason I went out this morning to grab some pictures in the back garden. We enjoyed a beautiful spring, with cool temperatures and ample rain – so much so that we anticipated a spectacular display of hydrangea blooms. But now I’m worried that the excessive heat and pervasive drought will spoil everything.

Water and Word:


But then there is the watering. We understand, of course, that a couple of garden hoses can never replicate a good rain, but it’s remarkable nonetheless how plants respond to a good soaking.

To my imaginative spirit, watching Rebekah in the garden, watering looks a lot like preaching.

Like the shrubs and flowers we need to be planted in good soil, with ample fresh air to breath, exposed to enough light, and close to water.

  • Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”
  • Jesus said: “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
  • “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water!”

Jesus offers living water in a thirsty land, good soil, and nourishment for our souls – DEREK



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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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